“National History in a Transnational World? Conceptualizing the History of Sri Lanka” = A public lecture by Dr. John D. Rogers, United States Director, American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies….. Organized by the Postgraduate Institute of English and the Department of Social Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka …..
Venue: Seminar Room (3rd Floor) Postgraduate Institute of English, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda
DATE: Thursday 24th November … 2.00 pm
To register please email: firstname.lastname@example.org before 23rd November 2016
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Vice President: Jonathan Spencer (Edinburgh University)
Secretary: Christina Davis (Western Illinois University)
Treasurer: Daniel Bass (Cornell University)
Past President: Charles Hallisey (Harvard University)
Member at-large: Jeanne Marecek (Swarthmore College)Elected Directors
Amarnath Amarasingam (Dalhousie University)
Michele Gamburd (Portland State University)
V. V. Ganeshananthan (University of Minnesota)
Jeanne Marecek (Swarthmore College)
Dennis McGilvray (University of Colorado–Boulder)
Sharika Thiranagama (Stanford University)
Kamran Asdar Ali (University of Texas—Austin)
Sumudu Atapattu (University of Wisconsin—Madison)
Joshua Bazuin (Vanderbilt University)
Anne Blackburn (Cornell University)
Isabelle Clark-Decès (Princeton University)
Valentine Daniel (Columbia University)
Neil DeVotta (Wake Forest University)
Charles Hallisey (Harvard University)
Thomas Blom Hansen (Stanford University)
Maria Heim (Five Colleges Buddhist Studies Consortium)
Sree Padma Holt (ISLE Consortium)
Matthew Hull (University of Michigan)
Nalin Jayasena (Miami University)
Karuna Mantena (Yale University)
Vasuki Nesiah (New York University)
James Nye (University of Chicago)
Anand Pandian (Johns Hopkins University)
Geeta Patel (University of Virginia)
Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University)
Sanchita Saxena (University of California—Berkeley)
Benjamin Schonthal (University of Otago)
Laurence Simon (Brandeis University)
The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS) was established in 1996. Its central objectives are to promote US research and teaching on Sri Lanka and to build links between US and Sri Lankan scholars and institutions. It has 24 institutional members and over 110 individual members.
AISLS awards fellowships for two to nine months research in Sri Lanka for US scholars who hold a doctoral degree. It also offers smaller grants for pre-dissertation study, for language instruction in Tamil and Sinhala, and for graduate student participation at selected conferences.
As the professional association for US scholars and other professionals who are interested in Sri Lanka, AISLS operates a closed listserv that enables its members to exchange information. It also sponsors workshops and small conferences in both the US and Sri Lanka, and carries out a program for the preservation and dissemination of research materials. It holds its Annual General Meeting at the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison WI.
The staff at the Colombo center offers support for visiting researchers. In addition to advice on logistical matters such as housing and transportation, the staff helps researchers make Sri Lankan contacts and find research assistants and translators.
The AISLS library at the Colombo center is open to US, Sri Lankan and third-country scholars. In addition to books on Sri Lanka, the collection includes some general works that provide theoretical and comparative perspectives. The library also subscribes to JSTOR, a database of full-text journal articles.
AISLS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Founded in 1981, CAORC is a private not-for-profit federation of 24 independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies.
AISLS is also an affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies.
The AISLS Annual General Meeting and Reception will be held in the Capital Ballroom B, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 7:00 PM. All with an academic interest in Sri Lanka are very welcome to attend.
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The life of the distinguished anthropologist Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah (1929-2014) was celebrated in a session at the 5th AISLS graduate student workshop, which was held at Stanford University on November 7th, 2014. AISLS would like to thank Charles Hallisey, Thomas…
AISLS is very pleased to announce the publication of A Guide to Locating Photographs of Colonial Ceylon, compiled by Benita Stambler, Coordinator of Asian Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. This guide documents…
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The linguist M.W. Sugathapala de Silva (1931-1980) was a leading figure in the study of South Asian linguistics, producing works on the Sinhala, Sanskrit, Telugu and Vedda languages. AISLS is very grateful to his heirs for granting us permission to…
The 2014 Sri Lanka Graduate Conference will be held on November 7th and 8th at the Center for South Asia at Stanford University. The conference is co-funded by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and the Center for South…
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